Meeting Basic Needs
The J.J. Keller Foundation began partnering with Mercy Health Foundation in support of the Living Healthy Community (LHCC), Oshkosh, in 2009, through annual grant awards. According to J.J. Keller Foundation Executive Director, Mary Harp-Jirschele, it is a good fit with her organization's priorities. "The J.J. Keller foundation is a basic needs funder, meaning we focus most of our grants on food, shelter, clothing, good medical care and the like for low-income individuals. Every person deserves good health care. Income level should not be a factor. High quality service equates to a healthier community--for everyone."
Ms. Harp-Jirschele said there are two things the J.J. Keller Foundation really appreciates about the LHCC: the fact that it combines the use of nurse practitioners with volunteer medical providers and a medication co-pay sliding fee scale. "It's a critical component to follow-through for patients. A diagnosis is useless without proper, affordable medication," she said.
When the J.J. Keller Foundation was considering the LHCC grant project, Ms. Harp-Jirschele participated in a tour of the facility. "More than anything, I came away from my tour of the clinic knowing that people were being well cared for in a comfortable, clean, safe and caring environment. It was a good feeling," she said.